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Removing Swaybars??

Ok, so I've searched and I can't find out how to exactly remove the swaybars. Like I figured out the links, but how to you remove those? I've been trying to get mine out for like 2 days. Any tips?
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Ok, so I've searched and I can't find out how to exactly remove the swaybars. Like I figured out the links, but how to you remove those? I've been trying to get mine out for like 2 days. Any tips?
The links unbolt from the lower control arm. You just gotta figure it out. On the frame there's a total of 4 bolts to completely remove the front bar.

Mine never had a rear bar, so i never removed it. lol.
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Use a socket and a wrench i want to say 15mm on the end links and unbolt them then remove them from the bar. Then trace the bar up to where it mounts to the frame. Unbolt the bushing holders from the frame and it should come right off.... The rear one should be same way... Unbolt the ends and then the center bushing holders or where it mounts to the differential.
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I can't figure out which way to turn the bolts on the control arms. Do I need another wrench on the top of it? I bent the hell out of one of them, I'm about ready to just grind the damn bolts off...
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Use a wrench on one side and a socket on the other... they take a while to take off too... When they are torqued down the squeeze the bushings so it is stiff.
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Just out of curiosity, what are the advantages of removing them?

Sorry for jackin' threads all the time but I'm used to driving lowered vehicles, not lifted ones lol
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Just out of curiosity, what are the advantages of removing them?

Sorry for jackin' threads all the time but I'm used to driving lowered vehicles, not lifted ones lol
You get better flex offroad, and with our torsion set-up, we need all the flex and articulation we can get lol
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Use a wrench on one side and a socket on the other... they take a while to take off too... When they are torqued down the squeeze the bushings so it is stiff.
Ok, thanks. Is it lefty loosey, righty tighty?
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^Yes.
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If you have a rear sway bar, would you mind selling it to me???? Just a thought... I need one....
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Ok, thanks... Any other tips? Should I try heat? And sorry, but no, I didn't have a rear swaybar

EDIT: Yeah, if I can get the rear swaybar off it's all yours, apprently I do have one
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The links that connect the sway bar to the control arm have a nut underneath the lower control arm. I think its 15mm for the nut(underneath) and 16mm for the bolt(at the top end of the links).

You should be able to just take out 1 link if you want to see how it handles without the sway bar.. That all I did when I went off roading.. But now I have new control arms and no bar at all lol.
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Ok, well I've found the nuts on both ends, I just can't get them to turn. I bent the bolt trying to turn it. I've unloaded tons of pb blaster on the damn things...
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hmm.. have you tried hitting it with a little heat?
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Yeah, i torched it and the bushing almost caught on fire... I think that's how the bolt first got bent
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I lodged a wrench against the inside of my rim and used a breaker bar on the other wrench, most likely the bolt will break.

I've had both mine off for over a year.
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Ok, so I tried to wrench on it a bit today, and I succeeded in bending both bolts, didn't break free at all and I broke a socket. I'm thinking about drilling out the bolt or grinding it off. I also noticed my rack is leaking...
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Just get it figured out dude. Like i said...the crap is probably all rusted together so cutting might be your only option.






the advantages of losing the front sway bar: one at full droop, the other upward angled...
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BUT...when all twawked out in the front, be mindful of your CV shafts. Being at a drooped extended angle, you might be puttig the CV's in a bind...so be careful.
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Ok, so I finally have it off now. It's SWEET, rides smooth as hell... yanking the wheel is fun too
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